The UK’s Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has recently looked at a range of community activities and initiatives, (and specifically the Eden Project initiated Big Lunch) with a view to providing a better understanding of how better connected communities can impact on people’s lives.
The Eden Project is an educational charity with the objective of connecting people with each other and with the living world with a view to exploring how people can work together towards a better future. One of the Eden Project’s most significant and best known initiatives is the Big Lunch Programme, the UK’s annual get together for neighbours, which aims to bring people within neighbourhoods together to build stronger and better connected communities. Such initiatives are designed to unlock the value of the social capital that is available to us by connecting with others.
Following consultation with IACD members, presentation and finalisation of the draft text at the July 2016 Minnesota international conference, the IACD Board has approved a new Global Definition of Community Development.
“Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organisation, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings“.